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2021 NFL Draft: Day Two Steals

Most mocks in preparation for the 2021 NFL Draft currently consist of just one round. I get it. It’s hard enough to predict where the first 32 picks will go, let alone Day Two.

But what about those teams without a Round One pick? One round mock drafts take a lot of fun out of the pre-draft process for fans of the Seattle Seahawks, Los Angeles Rams and Houston Texans.

If you do follow one of those teams, this Day Two mock draft is specifically designed for you. Although we will consider each team individually, supporters of other franchises might be interested to see which players might fall to Day Two of the 2021 NFL Mock Draft.

Seattle Seahawks
Needs: DE, OT, IOL
Day Two Picks: #56

The Seahawks will pick just once in the first two days of the 2021 NFL Draft thanks to their trade for pass-rushing Safety, Jamal Adams. Adams has gone from being the leading pass rusher in East Rutherford to a similar role on Pete Carroll’s defence. Their primary need is a pass rusher – will there be one of value at the back end of Day Two? There’s depth at the position this year. Either there’ll be a run on edge rushers at the back end of the First Round, or players will fall into Day Two.

Another criticism of the Seahawks this year has been the offensive line’s inability to protect Russell Wilson. If value isn’t there at defensive end, there may be a wiser acquisition to bolster the trenches. On the inside, Alabama centre Landon Dickerson will bring tenacity and leadership. His Crimson Tide teammate Deonte Brown could well slot in at guard. Who knows, maybe Oklahoma centre Creed Humphrey falls to the Seahawks at the back end of Round Two?

However, the drop off at the edge position is too great to ignore. Remember, this is currently Seattle’s only Day Two pick. They might be able to acquire a diamond in the rough on Day Three at centre or offensive guard. That’s unlikely to happen if you want a defensive end that can contribute right away.

That’s why Rashad Weaver (Pitt) is the pick for the Seahawks. Right now, he sits at #77 overall on our 2021 NFL Draft Top 100. He has the prototypical size for the position (6′ 5″, 270 lbs). Weaver is technically sound with a variety of tools in his arsenal. Previous injury concerns may account for a slide down draft boards.

The threat of Jamal Adams and newly-acquired Carlos Dunlap has put a bandage over the Seahawks’ pass rushing woes. They can’t rely on their elite safety alone to pressure the quarterback. Weaver should help solve that issue.

Needs: OT, Edge, LB
Day Two Picks: #57, #88, #96 

The Los Angeles Rams traded two 1st Round picks for Jaylen Ramsey with the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2020. It is safe to say that the trade has paid off. Ramsey has continued to be the best coverage corner in the NFL under Sean McVay.

Though they are in need of a pass rusher, the Rams would be wise to find a successor for LT Andrew Whitworth, who turns 40 this year. As a result, both Daniel Faalele (Minnesota) and Jackson Carman (Clemson) might be in play here. Australian born Faalele is a man mountain, standing at a monstrous 6′ 8″, 400 lbs. Carman’s game needs lots of polish. He has fallen down draft boards after a less than impressive 2020 season.

However, Jackson Carman (Clemson) remains the right pick here. Carman landed at #68 in our first version of the 2021 NFL Draft Top 100. The former five star recruit did an admirable job of protecting Trevor Lawrence’s blindside against ACC defenders. At 6′ 5″ and 345 lbs, he can struggle against more athletic pass rushers. Some have made the case that Carman should move inside to guard. However, he has earned the right to fight for a role at the tackle position before a role change is considered.

Well run teams fix issues before they arise. The Rams make a good offensive line better before Whitworth’s impending retirement.

A secondary need is at linebacker. There should be some promising Day Two talent at the position. Jabril Cox (LSU) and Chazz Surratt (USC) would be fine additions on defence. With two more picks on Day Two of the 2021 NFL Draft, they can afford to wait.

Needs: IOL, CB, Edge, TE
Day Two Picks: #67

The ghost of Bill O’Brien’s negotiations haunts this franchise. They are without their 2021 1st and 2nd Round picks (#3, #36) as part of their trade with the Dolphins for LT Laremy Tunsil.

There are rumours that Deshaun Watson and J.J. Watt want out of Houston. Frankly, who can blame them? This franchise needs a whole reboot. Losing their two locker room leaders will put their efforts back much further. On the plus side, it will free up a treasure trove of cap space and draft capital for their new HC to build a team in his own image.

For the purposes of this exercise, we will assume that both Watt and Watson are on the roster at the start of the 2021 NFL season.

Despite Tunsil’s arrival, the Texans’ offensive line has continued to be poor. They could search for an interior lineman with their only Day Two pick of the 2021 NFL Draft. Ohio State centre Josh Myers could still be on the board.

Of their plethora of needs, cornerback is the one that is being addressed in this mock draft. There should still be players at the top of Round Three that could immediately contribute to the Houston secondary. Greg Newsome II (Northwestern) and Kary Vincent Jnr (LSU) may still be on the board. However, they are going with Paulson Adebo (Stanford) with this Day Two pick.

Adebo is currently #54 on our 2021 NFL Draft Top 100. He’s the ideal size for the position at 6′ 1″ and 190 lbs. His measurables and athleticism means that he will likely line up on the outside.

Adebo should bolster a defensive backfield that ranked 24th and 29th against the pass in the last two years (8,595 yards).

Keep an eye on Hunter Long (TE, Boston College). Tight End isn’t their greatest need, but Long would be fantastic value here. He’s currently TE4 on our Top 100.


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